The New Hampshire Advantage

There are many advantages to living in New Hampshire, and New Hampshire regularly ranks high in economic and quality of life indicators, compared to other states. If you'd like to suggest an advantage or state ranking not listed yet, please let us know.

State House

Reflecting New Hampshire’s relationship and openness to the public, the state capitol building has no metal detectors, And, at 190 years old, is the “the oldest state house in the nation in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers".

Photo by Walter Parenteau

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Income Tax

New Hampshire has no general personal income tax. Dividends and interest are taxed at only 5%.

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Knives

New Hampshire is the only state with no laws restricting knife ownership.

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Gun Laws

New Hampshire offers some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation: no license is required to open carry and a concealed carry license is available on a shall-issue basis.

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Eminent Domain

New Hampshire state law prohibits the use of eminent domain for private use or private development.

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Accessibility of Officials

New Hampshire officials, from town clerks to the state governor, are accessible to the public and generally have a walk-right-in office policy.

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